Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
You might be wondering about my title....We we went to Disney World this summer. Where before it had always been a fun filled trip this time was a total different story.
Lets start with the Magic Hour... that wonderful extra hour you get when you stay in one of the Disney resort hotels. Well forget it... it is no longer worth the fantastic fortune you will spend to stay on site. They have built up the resorts so much and are adding more that you will wait in just as long a line as those who stay off resort. We went to check out the new Seven Dwarf Mine Train (a big disappointment in itself) using the early morning hour. First you are herded like cattle with so much pushing and shoving that you would be best to avoid taking younger children during this time. We finally got to the ride and lucked out with only a 5 minute wait. I say lucked out because by the time we got off the ride the line was already up to 80 minutes... this is during the early hour where before we never had to wait more then 5 minutes for any ride.
The new Seven Dwarf Mine Train was a terrible disappointment. The cannibalized the orignial Snow White ride, which they shut down for being "too Scary"... I am sorry but if it was not too scary to allow your child to watch Snow White then this ride is not too Scary. If your child was frightened by the Snow White movie then what the hell are you doing on the ride. Anyway... They took the mine and the part where they were dancing in the cottage and put it on a mild rollercoster. I don't mind the mild rollercoster ...I think it is great there are roller coaster for young children to enjoy... but this was more Six Flags then Disney Magic. Folks if you are going to Disney and want to try this ride if the line is longer then 10 minutes dont waste your time!!!
Next they are destroying Epcot...I always loved Epcot the only thing I ever wanted to change was for them to add more culturally significant displays...I mean Japan is all stores and they have a hell of a history! What are they doing ... they are taking one of the FEW culturally significant areas of Epcot and filling it with stuff that belongs in the Magic Kingdom. I am of course talking about Norway.. First they took Stave Church which had an exhibit on Norway culture and filled it with Frozen stuff. Next they are destroying the Maelstrom which is a flume type ride which riders "seek the spirit of Norway" and are making it into another Frozen Attraction. There is plenty of room they could have built on a new area of the Magic Kingdom to house Frozen in all its glory which would alleviate the over crowding caused by supersizing their resorts but instead they chose to go the cheap route and mess up one of the few areas of Epcot that allows you to experience part of another countries culture.
My last bit of disillusionment came when I got home... I do not usually buy souvenirs when we go on vacation because I am trying to un-clutter my life and photos are a better souvenir that does not take up much space. This was the exception..
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Chicken Schnitzel INGREDIENTS
• 4 4-ounce skinless, boneless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/8-inch thickness
• Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 1 cup all-purpose flour (for dredging)
• 2 large eggs
• 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
• 2 cups (or more) whole wheat (or regular) panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
• 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
• Chopped flat-leaf parsley
• Lemon wedges
• • Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Place flour on a plate. Beat eggs and Dijon mustard to blend in a shallow baking dish. Place 1 cup panko in another shallow baking dish, adding remaining 1 cup panko, or more, to dish as needed throughout process. Working with 1 chicken breast at a time, dredge in flour, shaking off excess, then dip into egg mixture, turning to coat evenly; carefully coat with panko, pressing panko gently to adhere to chicken. Transfer chicken to prepared baking sheet.
• Heat 1 Tbsp. oil and 1 Tbsp. butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat (pan should be large enough to hold 2 breasts) Add 2 chicken breasts to skillet and cook until golden brown on both sides, 8-10 minutes. (I actually had to do them one at a time since that was all that would fit in the pan.)
Transfer chicken breasts to a paper towel-lined plate and season with salt. Add remaining 1 Tbsp. oil and 1 Tbsp. butter to skillet and repeat with remaining chicken breasts. Transfer chicken breasts to plates and garnish each with parsley and a lemon wedge.
• RECIPE BY Jeanne Kelley
I served it with new potatoes and roasted garlic...not very Austrian I guess but it all tasted fabulous!!!
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
My garden didn't do so well either the bugs got the squash and the watermelon. I didn't want to spray bug killer because of the toads I had living there I was hoping they would get the bugs before the bugs did too much damage but no luck.
I had lots of flowers on my tomatoes and peppers but no visits from the bees. My sweet potatoes are the only thing that seem to be thriving I cant wait to dig them up to see what I get.
Now I am working as a substitute teacher which is a lot of fun but not exactly steady work and I am debating on taking an evening job to keep the cash rolling in.
Even the arrival of my favorite squash in the market didn't lift my funk ... yes even my fall favorite the pumpkin failed to cheer me up.
Fortunately the last two days have been wonderfully cool ... I was even able to leave my windows open all day yesterday.... It was fabulous... If the weather was like that more often I could understand why people would want to retire here. You can hang out in an air conditioned building anywhere but here it feels like you are trapped. I didn't even take my daily walks and I could actually feel myself become more lethargic.
However now that my Hubby has retired from the Military, we are here to stay! That being said it is time for me to shake off the funk and start looking for things I like about my new home. This will be my last complaint about Florida. I will find things I enjoy about living here if it Kills me lol!
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Friday, June 13, 2014
Food industry groups sue to block Vermont's GMOs labeling law
Lawsuit challenges Vermont's GMO labeling law
Second Lawsuit Filed Against County’s Anti-GMO Law
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Monday, January 27, 2014
In anticipation of freezing rain and treacherous driving conditions and upon the recommendation from the meteorologist , Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa County School Districts are cancelling school for Tuesday and Wednesday. The safety of our students and staff is first and foremost in all decisions that are made by the school district. If you have any questions, please call Niceville High School.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
I like millions of other like me here in the U.S. have the weight loss resolution. I have been working on getting healthier for a while now and I have had my ups and downs. Tell me if I'm crazy but doesn't seem like there are three times as many food commercials now then any other time of the year? It's like all the fast food companies and producers of junk food have all gotten together and said "Hey we have a dieting crisis here people ...we can't let these millions of consumers out from under our junk food grip! What can we do to stop the exodus from our tasty fattening goodies to the healthy fruits and veggies they are starting to buy? I know massive advertising. We will bombard the with images of all the things they are giving up .... every crunchy, cheesy, chewy, sweet and salty goodie on every channel all the time! We will have them dumping those resolutions in no time at all mwahahahahahaha!!!"
Is it just me or what?
Monday, January 13, 2014
|With these windows you could feel the cold just rushing in!|
|They had a weird second frame to put in Plexiglas covers in using magnets to hold it in place.|
They didn't even have all of the covers so we couldn't cover up these energy wasters.
|All the wood cross pieces blocked the light and cut down on the view.|
|The rail on the old door was bent in places it probably wouldn't have take much to break in through it.|
|Isn't my new door beautiful?|
|New windows let in so much more light and its much easier to see out!|